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Why Study at the UW School of Law?

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At the UW School of Law it is our goal to lead in the delivery of professional legal education by preparing students for the challenge of practice in the 21st century, and by producing influential scholarship dedicated to the development of law, legal institutions and policies that advance justice throughout the nation and the world.

Becoming a Lawyer at UW Law

Discover what being a lawyer can mean to you. Prepare yourself for your future through courses mixing of knowledge, skills, and real-life lawyering practice.

Academics, Scholarship & Curriculum

The UW School of Law is one of the nation’s top public law schools with a long and distinguished tradition of serving the citizens of the state, the nation and, increasingly, the world. And, because of our seven J.D. concentration tracks, numerous joint degree programs with our other schools and postgraduate Ph.D. and LL.M. programs, our students have the opportunity to develop a very specialized law degree.

Experience the Law

At the UW School of Law, we believe that the best way to educate future lawyers and leaders is to provide them with a strong foundation in legal theory, an understanding of the broad role the law plays in society, and the chance to experience the law first-hand. Through our clinics and externship programs every student at the school has an opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the law . Through our centers, students and faculty are able to collaborate with faculty across campus in disciplines ranging from health to business to technology.

Our Community

Students at the UW School of Law are an outstanding group. They rank in the 90th percentile of all entering law students on the LSAT and have an average 3.67 GPA. The UW School of Law is committed to diversity--our student body consists of 48.9% women; 28% students of color; 64.8% Washington residents. Twelve percent hold other graduate degrees.

Graduates of our law school have been leading practitioners, highly respected judges and innovative business leaders. Through their scholarship and service, UW law faculty have influenced public policy, legal theory and law reform. Reflecting a longstanding commitment to public service, countless UW law alumni are employed in government or with public interest organizations, while others have given of their time and talent through law firm pro bono activities.

Student Ambassador Council members are willing to answer questions, offer candid advice, share their law school experiences, and help students navigate the challenges of adjusting to law school.Their primary goal is to help ensure that prospective and admitted students have all of the information they need to have a positive and productive law school experience.

We are located in the modern William H. Gates Hall, situated on the campus of the University of Washington, in Seattle, among a diverse community of legal organizations that provides our students with unsurpassed opportunities both inside and outside the classroom

Life After Law School

Finally, once the education is complete and the application of that knowledge nears, UW law students benefit from our Center for Professional & Leadership Development, dedicated to helping graduates find the most appropriate and fulfilling career path and job.

10 Reasons to Study Here

  1. Nationally recognized academic programs
  2. A 10:1 student-faculty ratio 
  3. Our commitment to public service
  4. Experiential learning
  5. State-of-the-art facilities
  6. Three mentoring programs for all entering students
  7. One of the best law libraries in the West
  8. Affordable tuition
  9. Our long-standing dedication to diversity in the law
  10. Ranked among the top public law schools in the country

Last updated 2/26/2014